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's as hollywood's big stars brave the rain on the red carpet. we began with a breaking news from the vatican. that is where local media say pope benedict xvi has announced he will resign. we are hearing he will step down on the 28th of february. he was elected pope as the age of 78. we will be getting more information on this breaking news story in just a couple of minutes right here on al jazeera. stay tuned. it just a reminder, we are hearing from the vatican that pope benedict xvi has resigned. let's find out more and bring in sabine joining us on the telephone from italy. what more could you tell us on this announcement the pope will be resigning february 28? >> it appears the pope made the announcement himself but the information is very, very sketchy. of course, this is really big news. having a poker resign is something we have not seen for hundreds and hundreds of years. it appears the pope gave the announcement in latin. that is all we have a moment. we are obviously going to be following this story very closely indeed to see how things develop. >> i understand information just comi
are signing on, rebels are staying out. let's get back to these live pictures from the vatican in st. peter's square. this is the last sunday at the vatican for pope benedict xvi. tens of thousands of people have gathered in st. peter's square, where the 85-year-old pontiff is reading his final sunday prayers. he of course resigned earlier this month, saying that he lacked the physical strength to carry on. the vatican denied that he was stepping down in order to deal with a snowballing scandal of late -- gay clergymen. in to what he is saying. >> [speaking latin] >> st. peter's square, thousands of people in the u.s. are demanding a senior clergymen pull out of the forthcoming papal conclave, the meeting to decide who will be the next pope. cardinal mahony was the archbishop of los angeles with a series of child sex abuse -- sex abuse scandals took place. he is accused of covering them up. a group of priests in the u.k. is attempting to stop keith o'brien from participating in the conclave, for he is accused of having participated in an inappropriate acts going back some 33 years. going li
that there are about 150,000 people around the vatican and the main road that leads to it. people are still walking towards st. peter's square, but they're being redirected to other parts around the square where there are big screens where they can watch the pope. nothing compared to the figures of the people we saw for the funeral of john paul back in 2005. that was a funeral and this is a different time in the church. the pope is driving through st. peter's square to wave to the faithful. he will have another meeting with cardinals in the morning. he will be speaking to his -- to the people that will select a successor. this is the last time that the pope will have such direct contact with the people. he is driving around among the crowd. a little earlier, the last speech that he will make in front of the people. many issues, he talked about truth. that is interesting when we consider all the things that have been coming out of the vatican and how many people suspect the pope is standing down because he is not strong enough to get a handle all the things happening within the vatican. let's speak
the new title pope emeritus. the vatican says he will continue to use his papal title rather than reverting to -- he will also have to change what he wears. the simple white people rope will remain. his ring and the papal seal, they will be destroyed and the new ones will be forged when the next pope is appointed. in a sign of changing times, he will also need to give up his twitter handle. let's speak to barbara. no more tweaking for benedict. i just wonder how much of a tweeter he was. >> not much of one, although he had a lot of followers. 1.5 million or just under 2 million, something like that. he has only tweeted a handful of times. i don't think that was a particular media success as far as the vatican policy goes. hopefully the next pope will also start tweeting again, possibly a bit more frequently. we while, this pope is engaged in his last duty as pontiff, beating the cardinals, really a last goodbye before he leaves the vatican -- meeting the cardinals, really the last goodbye before he leaves the vatican. he will be getting on a helicopter at 4:00 gmt, saying a final
into the audience hall at the vatican? . later he will preside over an ash wednesday mass. will go to our correspondent at the vatican. he said that he is stepping down for the good of the church. >> absolutely. the pope went straight into it. his first words were that he has taken the decision in full freedom and for the good of the church. he went on explaining that he understood the gravity of the moment. then he came to the realization that he did not have the spiritual or the material's strength to carry out his ministry. it was a standing ovation for the pope. it was a very festive atmosphere in the auditorium. 8000 people were there singing before he arrived. there was music. the vatican also want to show this is not a dramatic moments, this is a difficult moment for the church. i think they want to give the message of continuity. everybody was looking at the poll, whether he sounded tired or frail -- looking at the pope. when you ask people, they said they did not see any signs of more weakness or more tiredness. >> what happens next? he will preside over the mass later today. a l
, the vatican condemns the media for what it calls us up and slander -- a gossip and slander. the spanish kings son-in-law is jeered by protesters as he faces a judge over fraud claims. uncertainty and frustration mounts venezuela at the opposition demands to know if president chavez is fit enough to rule. >serious main opposition said it is pulling out of talks -- syria's main opposition said it is pulling out of talks. it describes international silence over the destruction of aleppo. on friday, rocket attacks killed at least 29 people there and left other people trapped. >> people in the villages scrambled to pull this child from under a rubble after an airstrike. the essence he said is tired of the worlds in in action against bashar al-assad's government. -- the snc said it is tired of the world's in action against bashar al-assad's government. where the world stands on the conflict is shameful, they say. >> we are too busy gathering the remains of her children in aleppo to attend conferences. >> the snc has announced it a transitional government. >> leaders of the syrian national -- it is
. the vatican has dismissed recent italian media reports suggesting the that the pope resigned to avoid a scandal over gay clergy. it criticized news organizations for spreading what it called gossip and misinformation. the pope announced his intention to stand down last week claiming his old age. the king of spain's son in-law has arrived in court to answer corruption charges. he is accused of tax fraud in a $7 million embezzlement case. the former olympics hand ball player is said to have used his influence to get contracts to put on events. the scace has enraged spadyrds at a time when spain has one of the highest unemployment rates. hundreds of supporters of chaveezz have held a vigil for the president. he has not been seen since returning to venezuela after receiving cancer treatment in cuba. he is in a military hospital being treated for respiratory problems. >> the president is receiving treatment. he has a breathing problem which is being treated intensely. he is using a tube to support his breathing and has communicated with us through various means to give us his instructions.
. he thanked the faithful for their prayers and support. 150,000 people in vatican city today to see the pope. the chinese prime minister has demanded an explanation from malaysia. we have more. he was in the fact-finding mission in malaysia before the elections. he was denied entry on orders of the malaysian and government. in australia he spoke to us from adelaide. is in government is trying to downplay the importance of his own visit. >> let's clear this up. the is a line being said by prime minister. i am very that up with his apologist line. there were three other members of the trillion parliament coming on this visit and two of them actually had a program from a special minister of state. we're all went to provide a report involving members of the opposition and myself as an independent. to call this an unofficial visit is a little bit pejorative on behalf of the foreign minister of australia. we were there to help the electoral commission and provide a report to the austrian parliament on malaysia. primeed up with our minister trying to diminish this visit in the way that he
concerto. a video from the vatican tv shows pope an addict playing the piano. -- shows pope benedict playing the piano. showcasing work at the berlin film festival. this is in contrast with the rest of journey, where many women are unable to get work because of childcare. . >> the berlin film festival, i berlin itself, has always had a reputation for being edgy and different. for filmmakers like stacy, that is good news. >> all the other filmmakers i know also feel that way. if they are making cutting edge or edgy material, they are interested in going to berlin. interested in going to berlin.
final departure is less than a fortnight away. he flies out of the vatican on the february 28th and he will stay in his final residents for two months. he will be withdrawing from the historic events of electing his successor and he will return
his resignation. the vatican has been told about it and it has said that they will have a look at it. yet again because of his status in the church, it is yet more embarrassment and more allegations of abuse inside the catholic church. >> lawrence, reporting live from london. thank you. the cuban president, raul castro, has announced that he will step down when his new term ends in 2018. this could be the end of the castro family rule in cuba. >> representing the last half century of cuban leadership, the aging former president, fidel castro, makes his rare public appearance as his younger brother and his his second term in office with a stunning but perhaps predictable announcement. >> i want to make clear that in my case depending on the date the constitution is perfected, this will be my last mandate. >> seen in a rising star as first vice president. the 52-year-old will become the visible successor to the cuban presidency. >> this decision shows particular historic transcendence as it represents a step towards the configuration of the natures future leadership through the gradual
political and public life for seven years. >> thousands of people gathered in vatican city this sunday for one of the final blessings from pope benedict. he delivered a special prayer to the masses from his window overlooking st. peter's square. >> smiling and staring out in a fast cheering crowd, the traditional sunday appearance of the pope. not since six centuries has the pope told his followers he is resigning. this was to be his first address since the shock announcement six days ago. there were banners -- thank you very much, others said, we love you. his voice sounded clear and strong. he spoke in several languages. asking the crowd to pray for him and the next pope. in italian, he expressed gratitude. [spaking italian] >> your presence is a sign of your affection. i am deeply grateful. i thank the administration of rome and all the inhabitants of this lovely and beloved city. >> it has been a momentous, historic week for the catholic church. now the faithful are expressing their emotions by sheer numbers. st. peter's square is overflowing. earlier as people arrived, many of the
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